Bonefish have been known to grow up to three feet in length.
Bonefish are primarily shallow water fish that are found near coasts, intercoastal flats, in mangroves, around mouths of rivers, and the deeper waters that are found around similar places.
Bonefish prefer warmth, moving closer to the shore where the water is warmer in the winters, making bonefishing in Islamorada an ideal place to fish for them.
Bonefish have a lung-like bladder in which they suck in air.
Bonefish move with the tides, swimming into deeper waters when the tide is low and returning when it is high.
Older bonefish tend to stay in the deeper waters, coming coastward only in autumn when the temperatures start dropping.
Bonefish are constant opportunistic feeders, preferring small crabs or shrimp.
Florida Keys bonefish range in size from 4-15 lbs and offer a fight any seasoned angler would be proud of.
March through November are ideal, although you can catch them year round.
Bait fishing for bonefish is done with a spinning rod. Some Islamorada fishing guides will chum the waters to get the bonefish within reach of your cast making it much easier to catch one.
Fly fishing for bonefish is an art. A swift strong accurate cast is needed and a double haul may be necessary to get it there in a smart wind.
Whatever your skill level, this is a sport you will enjoy. Our patient and friendly fishing guides will take you to the fish and show you how to catch them.
Fishing licenses, gear, bait, and tackle are typically provided, but check with your selected guide in advance.